Sicily, Italy

Bianco, Sicilia DOP — 2022

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  • Introduction

    • The Winery: IDDA is a joint venture between Angelo Gaja and Alberto Graci on Mount Etna that started in 2017. The Graci family is a prominent winemaker in the region. The vineyards are located on the southern slope of the volcano, with a wide range of altitudes, exposures, and soil types. Today, the winery owns 50 acres of vineyards at 2,000-2,600 feet above sea level, in the villages of Belpasso and Biancavilla.

      The Wine: IDDA means “she” in the Sicilian dialect, which is the term of endearment and awe with which Sicilians refer to Mount Etna.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Made from 100% Carricante from vineyards located in Biancavilla, on the south-west slope of the Etna Volcano, between 700-800 m a.s.l. (2296-2624 ft).
    • Appellation: Sicilia DOP
    • Location: Sicily
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • First Year of Production: 2018
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2022 vintage experienced a mild winter with regular rainfall. From the end of May onwards, warm and dry weather pushed towards regular ripening. Late August saw some rain that helped to mitigate the vines from experiencing water stress. The dry and warm weather of September and October with very little rainfall ensured perfect grape health and sumptuous ripening that has given us complex and generous wines.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Cold pressing of the whole bunches. After a static clarification, fermentation took place at a controlled temperature between 18-20°C, partly in 10 hl oak barrels and partly in stainless steel.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Carricante
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The nose shows notes of sugared almond, lemon peel, marzipan, salted butter, jasmine, and mustard flowers, with hints of mint, spice, and flint. There is a distinct marine minerality on the palate; it possesses balanced acidity with a slightly honeyed note on the smooth yet voluptuous finish.



  • Bianco, Sicilia DOP — 2022 – Decanter – 92 Points

    “It has a fine, smoky, flinty nose with wafts of peach, mango and white flowers. In the mouth it's intense and vertical, with juicy sapidity and great acidity defining its edges. Subtly textured and zingy, there's peach, citrus peel, honey, lime juice and white flowers to be found, ending with a gentle stoniness.”

  • Bianco, Sicilia DOP — 2022 – Vinous – 93 Points

    “The 2022 Bianco pleases on many levels, wafting up with an unexpected fruit richness, combining young peach and apricot with white flowers and almond paste. It's round and soothing, yet with a stunning mix of candied lime and saline minerals up front that adds contrast. Sweet inner florals complement ripe pit fruits. The 2022 cleans up beautifully, long and with a salty flair, as it tapers off crunchy, full of tension, yet mouth-watering all the same.”